What is Logistics and what does it involve?

Logistics is a term used for the process of obtaining, producing and distributing material and products to the correct place and in the right quantities. Not only does it focus on the transportation and delivery of goods, but also on the storage, handling, packaging and different transportation modes such as sea, road and air. Logistics is important to differentiate from supply chain management, which is the overall process that logistics management is a part of. Supply chain management looks at the entire value chain from resources to suppliers to the end customer(s), and has additional aspects such as after-sales service and reverse logistics (recycling). Lots of planning is involved in logistics, as logistics professionals must also think about containerisation, documentation, insurance, freight damage claims, importing and exporting regulations for different locations, managing stakeholders like vendors and partners, risk management and more.

What are you looking for?

Skills that employers are looking for

Critical thinking is essential in logistics management as a variety of issues or unexpected events may arise that you will need to find effective solutions to – and fast. Working under pressure and to deadlines is also crucial for any logistics professional, as the movement of goods and resources is completely dependent on strict time schedules. Employers are looking for professionals who possess analytical skills, communication and people management skills, as well as strong customer service skills to be able to work well with a variety of stakeholders. A proficient knowledge of logistics software and technology is also very sought after by employers, or the ability to quickly learn new technology and software.

HARD SKILLS

  • Numerical and analytical skills
  • Process development and management
  • Proficiency in logistics technology
  • Data analysis skills

SOFT SKILLS

  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Able to work well to deadlines
  • Able to work under pressure

TRAITS

  • Decisive
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Logical reasoning
  • Calm under pressure
  • Continually seeking improvement

What does an average day look like as a logistics professional?

Working as a logistics professional means reporting to either the CEO, operations manager or logistics manager about any issues that arise in the logistics process and presenting solutions to fix those problems. You may be:

  • Checking in on storage requirements
  • Monitoring delivery schedules
  • Finalising modes of transport for particular goods
  • Conversing with suppliers and partners about scheduled deliveries and arrivals
  • Writing up contracts
  • Conducting meetings to negotiate contracts or mediate issues

A logistics professional will be working with other employees every day to make sure everyone is on the same page regarding particular tasks, responsibilities, deliveries or transportation schedules.

JOB ROLES

Logistics Administrator

Average Salary
$60,000

Professionals in this role have a variety of responsibilities to assist all supply chain processes and ensure all documentation, contracts and agreements are managed. The responsibilities in this role are dependant on the size of the logistics organisation.

warehouse administrator

Average Salary
$61,000

Within an organisation, warehouse administrators are generally involved in stock management and inventory processes, as well as communicating with any external stakeholders like delivery companies and warehouse customers.

logistics manager

Average Salary
$79,000

Logistics managers are responsible for overseeing the entire supply chain process, particularly the distribution and transport of goods. This role also has responsibilities in stakeholder management, budgeting, and overseeing inventory management.

warehouse manager

Average Salary
$65,000

Warehouse managers look after important functions such as processes, systems and people within an organisation, within the warehouse and distribution areas.

transport manager

Average Salary
$79,000

Professionals in this role have key areas of responsibility in coordinating, planning and directing transport operations for an organisation. This role requires great communication skills, as well as a keen eye for detail.

supply chain manager

Average Salary
$101,000

The responsibilities of a professional in this role depend greatly on the size and nature of the organisation, but typically SCM’s oversee the entire production process from start to finish. With supply chain processes becoming more streamlined and globally focused, this role is highly sought after with attractive career benefits.

Logistics Administrator

Average Salary
$60,000

Professionals in this role have a variety of responsibilities to assist all supply chain processes and ensure all documentation, contracts and agreements are managed. The responsibilities in this role are dependant on the size of the logistics organisation.

warehouse administrator

Average Salary
$61,000

Within an organisation, warehouse administrators are generally involved in stock management and inventory processes, as well as communicating with any external stakeholders like delivery companies and warehouse customers.

warehouse administrator

Average Salary
$61,000

Within an organisation, warehouse administrators are generally involved in stock management and inventory processes, as well as communicating with any external stakeholders like delivery companies and warehouse customers.

Logistics Administrator

Average Salary
$60,000

Professionals in this role have a variety of responsibilities to assist all supply chain processes and ensure all documentation, contracts and agreements are managed. The responsibilities in this role are dependant on the size of the logistics organisation.

warehouse manager

Average Salary
$65,000

Warehouse managers look after important functions such as processes, systems and people within an organisation, within the warehouse and distribution areas.

transport manager

Average Salary
$79,000

Professionals in this role have key areas of responsibility in coordinating, planning and directing transport operations for an organisation. This role requires great communication skills, as well as a keen eye for detail.

supply chain manager

Average Salary
$101,000

The responsibilities of a professional in this role depend greatly on the size and nature of the organisation, but typically SCM’s oversee the entire production process from start to finish. With supply chain processes becoming more streamlined and globally focused, this role is highly sought after with attractive career benefits.

Transport & Logistics in Australia snapshot

As digitisation increases and customer expectations transform, Australia’s logistics industry is due for a shake-up, particularly with the fast-paced adaptation style that was necessary to navigate the events of 2020.

The Transport and Logistics sector in Australia had an estimated operating profit of $10.14 billion in 2018. 1

The Integrated Logistics sector (door-to-door transport through supply chains, distribution and storage) will most likely be affected by global shifts in oil and fuel prices despite Australia’s projected positive recovery from the pandemic. 2

Integrated Logistics Statistics

  • Market Size = $90 billion
  • Number of businesses = 84,000

17% of Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCO’s) are now women, a worthy comparison to the 6% recorded in 2019.3 This is also the highest rate recorded in the last four years. As of 2017, 20% of people working in the wider transport industry are women.3 

1National Industry Insights, 2019 2 IBIS World, 2020
3Gartner Inc, 2020

Industry Insights

Online Logistics Courses

Australia is a big country, with unique supply chain considerations that don’t exist elsewhere in the world. The supply chain sector employs more than a million Australians and accounts for nearly 10% of annual gross domestic product (GDP). There are many aspects to managing supply chains, from sourcing products to transportation and storage. At every stage, procurement and logistics professionals play a crucial role in acting as the ‘go-between’, bringing manufacturers and customers together. 

Excel in your logistics career and enhance your employment prospects with a qualification like the Diploma of Logistics (TLI50221). This qualification can provide you with a flexible way of getting the comprehensive skills that you’ll need to find success in the sector.

Why study logistics and supply chain management?

Given the current climate and globalisation shift, logistics management and the broader supply chain management is increasingly growing in job opportunities, salaries and overall industry growth. The number of job advertisements on SEEK alone in the manufacturing, transport and logistics industries grew by 2.1% in 2020 alone. Employment as a whole is forecast to grow at an average of 1.5% per year over the next five years, signalling increased growth and potential for job opportunities. Now is the perfect time to launch your logistics career by undertaking a qualification to give you the right skills and knowledge. By gaining a nationally recognised qualification, you can ensure you are beginning your new logistics role with confidence, or progressing your career successfully into higher-level management roles with ease.

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Studying the diploma... gave me the confidence to change careers... having that formal qualification backing up my experiences in the project space already.

It's something that really made me more employable.

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